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DOJ Settles Sexual Harassment Fair Housing Act Lawsuit For $600,000

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced that it settled a Fair Housing Act (FHA) discrimination lawsuit with the owners/managers of more than 70 residential properties in West Virginia to resolve allegations...more

Report: African-American home ownership lagging behind white counterparts

by GableGotwals on

Lauren and Brandon Oldham didn’t want to leap blindly into homeownership. So they took a series of baby steps over several years, contemplating how best to prepare themselves for the biggest financial commitment of their...more

Living with the Robust Causality Requirement for Disparate Impact Under the Fair Housing Act

by Baker Donelson on

Two recent decisions from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals shine some light on the issue related to the United States Supreme Court's 2015 decision that under the Fair Housing Act recognized a right to seek disparate impact...more

Rental Applications: Can rejecting a tenant based criminal background lead to a HUD complaint?

If an association has the right to deny rental applications and it does so based on an applicant’s criminal background, the association should review whether its policies, procedures and practices may lead to claims of...more

DOJ Settles Race And National Origin Fair Housing Act Case For $70,000

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) settled a Fair Housing Act (FHA) case filed in Massachusetts for $70,000 in which the Complainants asserted discrimination based on race and national origin. As a...more

What Is The “Mrs. Murphy” Exception To The Fair Housing Act?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I get this question about exemptions to the Fair Housing Act (FHA) regularly, so I thought I would provide a refresher on the “Mrs. Murphy” exception to the FHA. At the outset, please know that apartment community owners,...more

HUD/Fair Housing After Six Months Of The Trump Administration

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

While I always try to avoid political commentary here at the Fair Housing Defense Blog (as the reader comments can be, shall we say, colorful), I wanted to note a couple of housing related points with the Trump Administration...more

HUD Announces National Origin And Familial Status Fair Housing Case Settles For $20,000

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced that it settled another fair housing case, this one for $20,000, to resolve allegations of discrimination based on national origin and familial...more

Being “Neighborly” Isn’t Just a Good Idea – It’s the Law

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

Those of us of a “certain age” know exactly what a speaker means when she says, “She’s the ‘Mrs. Kravitz’ of the neighborhood.” For those too young to appreciate the reference, “Mrs. Kravitz” was a character in the sitcom...more

HUD Approves $20,500 Assistance Animal Fair Housing Settlement

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved a settlement agreement concerning assistance animals and fees charged to residents. To resolve pending Fair Housing Act (FHA) disability...more

Dodd-Frank News - Summer 2017

by Burr & Forman on

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was enacted as a measure to promote financial stability and protection for consumers through increased regulation of nearly every aspect of the consumer finance...more

Ballard submits comments on HUD’s regulatory reform agenda

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Ballard Spahr submitted comments in response to HUD’s request for assistance in identifying existing regulations that may be outdated, ineffective, or excessively burdensome. ...more

ABA identifies various industry concerns in fair lending white paper submitted to Treasury Secretary

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

We previously reported on the Executive Order 13772 titled “Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System,” which is a high-level policy statement consisting of a series of Core Principles that are...more

Nutter Bank Report, May 2017

Supreme Court Rules That Cities Can Sue Lenders Under the Fair Housing Act - The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a decision that reaffirms the standing of municipalities to sue lenders, including banks, for certain...more

Will A Subsequent Purchaser Of A Property Built After 1991 Be Liable For Accessibility Issues Related To Design & Construction Of...

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As all of us in the property ownership/management business know, communities get bought and sold from time to time. Indeed, a property can be sold many years (even decades) after it was first designed and constructed....more

Cities Can Sue Banks for Predatory Lending, U.S. Supreme Court Says

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

While the nationwide economy has steadily improved since the recession, many cities are still clawing their way back to financial stability. California, in particular, was hit hard by the foreclosure crisis, leaving cities in...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Municipality Can Sue Banks for Financial Injuries Under the Fair Housing Act, but Whether There is...

by Sedgwick LLP on

In a 5-3 decision in Bank of America Corp. et al. v. City of Miami, Florida (No. 15-1111 and No. 15-1112, May 1, 2017), the United States Supreme Court held that the City of Miami (“City”) was an “aggrieved person” authorized...more

Lending Industry Take Note: U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Scope of Right to Sue Under Federal Fair Housing Act

by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP on

A city’s lawsuit against various banks under the federal Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) to recover property tax revenues allegedly lost due to discriminatory lending practices has survived . . . for now. In a recent decision, the...more

HUD Settles Fair Housing Act Claims Against California Credit Union

by Goodwin on

On May 10, 2017, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a settlement with a California credit union concerning allegations that the credit union denied loan approval to a married couple because...more

What Happens When The Federal Fair Housing Act Conflicts With A City Or County Ordinance?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

While many apartment communities are “pet friendly” and welcome animals, almost every community has restrictions concerning, for example, certain breeds and/or weight limits for pets. In addition to the community policy on...more

U.S. Supreme Court Sides with Cities, Allowing Lawsuits Against Banks for Fair Housing Act Violations - Bank of America v. City of...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court has given the City of Miami the go-ahead to sue banks under the Fair Housing Act for alleged racially discriminatory lending practices that resulted in increased foreclosures and fiscal harm to the...more

Supreme Court Holds That Cities Have Standing to Sue for Fair Housing Act Violations

by BakerHostetler on

On Monday, in Bank of America Corp. et al. v. City of Miami, Florida, the Supreme Court held in a 5-3 decision that the City of Miami had standing to challenge alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act by lenders. 581 U.S....more

CFPB Report Outlines Best Strategies for Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in the Mortgage Industry

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released a report that outlines a number of strategies for promoting diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the mortgage industry, presents the business case for diversity, and...more

Supreme Court Rules that Cities Can Sue Banks for Predatory/Discriminatory Lending

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled, by a 5-3 majority, that the city of Miami was authorized to bring lawsuits based on allegations that banks engaged in financial-crisis-era discriminatory lending. The city alleged that the...more

Supreme Court Reaffirms Standing Under the FHA, but Requires Rigorous Showing of Proximate Cause

by Locke Lord LLP on

Whether, and under what circumstances, a plaintiff alleges facts sufficient to confer standing under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) has long been the subject of litigation. Two questions frame this analysis: Whether the FHA...more

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